Penticton seeks to be a more inclusive community

Penticton City Council is looking for ways to show the city is inclusive, possibly through installation of rainbow crosswalks.
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PENTICTON - Penticton City Council wants to be an inclusive community, and they are seeking ways to demonstrate that idea.

Noting the recent installation of rainbow crosswalks in nearby communities such as Princeton, Summerland and Kelowna to demonstrate inclusivity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, council recently asked city staff to develop a list of options the city could implement to demonstrate inclusivity throughout the city.

Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says council hopes to have some strategies within the next month on how to become a more engaging and welcoming community.

“In general, council supports making ourselves more inclusive. We just hadn’t defined what that looked like, Maybe it’s not rainbow sidewalks, maybe it’s something else, maybe it’s a program with youth esteem, maybe it’s working multiculturally, or maybe it’s something else,” he says, adding if the ideas come with a cost attached they will be put forward in the 2016 budget.Rainbow crosswalks would be a relatively inexpensive thing to do, he says.

The city has not been approached by anyone or any organization requesting such an initiative.

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